Equipment and facilities

The physics department has a wide array of equipment, including computer work stations, lasers, and a fully equipped observatory with a state-of-the art 16" Meade computer controlled telescope. Students also have the opportunity to accompany faculty members conducting research at national science facilities.

  • Computational Physics laboratory
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory - extension from ATMC
  • Rotating Fluids Laboratory

On site Observatory with 16" Meade Telescope.  This is the largest computerized telescope in SE Mass.

Faculty and Students at UMD ObservatoryPhoto of the M42 Orion Nebula taken with a digital camera at UMD Observatory.

Students and Faculty using 16" Meade

Telescope at UMD Observatory.

Photo of M42 Orion Nebula taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 didital camera by Brian Pinault through 16" Meade Telescope.

PS3 Gravity Grid: 300 networked Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles running Fedora 8 Linux.

Photo of racks of PS3's taken from inside the refridgerated trailer looking back to the doors.Photo of reefer trailer including mural done by Tia Martineau.
Racks of PS3 computers donated from AFRL.

 Refrigerated trailer containing PS3’s.

Mural by Tia Martineau.

High performance computing clusters hosted in UMD's Data Center and funded by NSF, AFOSR, and UMD.

IBM iDataPlex one rack shown before expansionTwo racks of the ARNiE cluster in the main campus data center.
IBM iDataPlex featuring Intel Xeon processors accelerated by Nvidia Tesla GPGPUs with low latency InfiniBand interconnects. ARNiE Cluster featuring Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GPUs.

High performance computers featuring high GPU density.

Photo of Octoputer v1 in SENG-204 before being installed in the UMD data center.
Octoputer (8 GPU) featuring AMD Radeon 7970 GHz Edition GPUs. Octoputer (8 GPU) featuring AMD Radeon Fury Nano GPUs with HBM (high bandwidth memory).

Experimental clusters in low power high performance computing.

Elroy cluster v2 built from Nvidia Jetson TX1 located outside SENG-203

Nvidia Jetson TX2 cluster in operation with direct DC power and backer plate.

Nvidia Shield TV's displayed mounted in acrylic as part of solar powered cluster demonstration HPC Day 2017.

Elroy Cluster using 32 Nvidia Jetson TX1's.

Cluster using 8 Nvidia Jetson TX2's with direct DC power and 4 Nvidia Shield TV's housed in edge lit acrylic.

Computer workstations featuring commodity hardware.

Photo of BitCoin mining rig located in SENG-204.Khanna and Volkema next to liquid cooled hexaputer.
Repurposed BitCoin mining rig for scientific computing. Liquid cooled workstation featuring 3 double GPU AMD graphics cards.